The President and Congress may agree the message should be “jobs, jobs, jobs,” but how they actually translate that into workable legislative programs is another matter. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even conducted a procedural nuclear test to block Senate Republicans from forcing an early and predictably embarrassing vote on the President’s jobs package.
February 26, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Senate filibusters have long been a target of congressional reformers, though as much as the Senate might tweak the rules, they are unlikely to give up this valuable right of the minority to talk. And sometimes talking does build support for an issue.
June 5, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
December 10, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Prepared for delivery at the Dirksen Congressional Center Workshop: Congress in the Classroom, Peoria, Illinois, July 31, 2007
Congress Project Director Don Wolfensberg discusses his observations on Congress's squabbles over energy policy.